Recent examinerships point to continued challenge of legacy costs in retail sector

Friday, 13 May 2016
Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents retailers, today said recent high profile examinerships highlight the ongoing challenge of legacy cost issues facing the sector, including boom time rents. The comments follow news that Debenhams' Irish business was seeking the protection of the courts.

Retail Ireland Director, Thomas Burke said: "Retail Ireland continues to highlight to Government and others the problem of legacy boom time rents, which are totally out of line with the current market reality. The recent entry into examinership by a number of large retail operations shows that many continue to grapple with a cost base that is a hangover of the boom and not sustainable in the long term. While retail sales values grew by 4% in the first quarter of 2016, sales are still 12% below 2008 levels and consumer sentiment remains fragile. If these legacy costs are not addressed in a pragmatic way by landlords and other interested parties, we will continue to see businesses question their continued viability."